MOSCOW – Nine workers remained trapped inside a diamond mine in Russia after the shaft was flooded early Friday, state-owned mining company Alrosa said.
Emergency crews successfully rescued 133 of the 142 workers who were in the shaft at the time of the flood, Alrosa CEO Sergei Ivanov said in a statement.
The accident occurred at the Mir mine in Yakutia, a remote area in eastern Siberia.
More than 100 people were working to reach the nine remaining miners, Alrosa said.
President Vladimir Putin dispatched Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov to the scene to oversee the rescue efforts and the investigation of the accident, according to the Russian government.
Mir, established in 1955, accounts for 11 percent of the total production of Alrosa, the world’s leading producer of rough diamonds.